February 25, 2018 / 1:48 PM / 2 years ago

Germany, France urge Russia to pressure Syria government on eastern Ghouta

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks after delivering a speech during a gala show, marking the Defender of the Fatherland Day, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Kadobnov/Pool

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and France urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call to put “maximum” pressure on the Syrian government to stop fighting in eastern Ghouta, a German government spokesman said on Sunday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron made clear that a ceasefire was the basis for progress towards a political solution in the framework of the U.N.-led Geneva peace process, the German spokesman said.

Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Dale Hudson

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